State of the Industry: Camera Operators & Cinematographers

first_imgHow much do camera operators earn? We’ve created an infographic of recent statistics showing the locations where camera operators and cinematographers earn the most.Recent data from the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics shows a large disparity in the annual wages of ‘camera operators’ across the United States. Whereas the annual mean camera operator salary in Bethesda, Maryland (near Washington, DC) is approximately $75,000, the average salary for a camera op in Idaho is more than half that ($32,110).Let us know your thoughts on the data! How does your state stack up?Share in the comments below![Click image for larger view or download]Note, there was not a distinction in the data between ”videographers’, ‘cinematographers’ and ‘directors of photography’ – it would appear that each of these titles has been lumped into a generalized ‘camera operator’ title. However, motion picture/video and television are broken up, giving some insight into the type of projects these camera operators work on.For more info see the Bureau of Labor and Statistics data on ‘camera operators’.last_img read more

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3 Low-light Cameras For Every Budget Range

first_imgHigh Budget: Canon ME20F-SHVery recently, Canon announced a brand new full-frame camera that’s capable of shooting up to 4 million ISO. This option will certainly blow any other low-light camera out of the water, but it comes at a price – $30,000. At the top end of the pricing structure, this camera will likely find its home in rental houses, as its modular design and lack of internal recording makes it less than ideal for every day shooting.Canon’s New 4 Million+ ISO Camera Is Amazingly Impractical – PremiumBeatNew Canon Full-Frame 35mm Camera Sees in the Dark with 4 Million Max ISO – No Film SchoolCanon ME20F-SH Press Release – Canon Got any hot opinions on any of the low-light cameras discussed above? Share them in the comments below! Mid Budget: Canon C300 Mark IIWhile Canon may be falling behind certain trends as a camera manufacturer, their cinema cameras are undeniably great in low light. If you’re in need of a camera that not only delivers amazing low-light performance but also offers more traditional ergonomics, the C300 Mark II (or other C-series cameras) are a great option and hard to beat.Get to Know Canon’s New 4K Powerhouse, the C300 Mark II – No Film SchoolInitial Thoughts/Hands on With the Canon C300 Mark 2 – Philip BloomCanon C300 Mark II: 15 Stops of Dynamic Range and More – PremiumBeatHere’s a review of the camera from Camera and Lens Review. High-sensitivity cameras that can shoot in ultra low light are more popular than ever. These three low-light cameras will have you covered, regardless of the size of your budget.Generally, I’m not a fan of shooting without lighting and bumping your ISO up like crazy (no matter how clean your camera may be). That said, there are definitely scenarios where you need to push things further than usual. Thankfully, technology has progressed over the last few years, and several cameras have emerged that allow you to capture fantastic images without traditional lighting setups.Low Budget: Sony a7SThe Sony a7S isn’t the cheapest camera around, though it’s relatively affordable coming in at around $2500. If you’re aiming to shoot in the dark, but still require the practicality and affordability of a DSLR style camera, the a7S is the way to go. That said, if you’re in the market for the a7S, you may want to consider holding off until the a7S Mark II is released, which will likely allow you to record 4K internally. Here are a few PremiumBeat articles about the a7S if you’d like to know more about the camera.Lens Options For the Sony a7Sa7S vs. GH4: Which is Better for Filmmaking?3 Reasons Why the Sony a7S Isn’t the Perfect Camera for FilmmakersHere’s a clip from the good folks at Film Riot that covers some of the great low-light capabilities of the Sony a7S.last_img read more

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Make Dynamic Montages with This Easy Video Editing Technique

first_imgNeed to improve the montages in your next project? Check out the technique in this video tutorial to improve the flow of your edit.This is by far one of my favorite editing techniques for creating montages, and it’s super easy to do. By using this simple scale in (or scale out) technique, you can make all of your sequences flow better with more energy.Let’s dive into this video tutorial. Steps on Cutting a Dynamic MontageYou first want to assemble the shots you want to play out in the timeline together. Once you’ve created your sequence, it’s time to get grooving.Click on your first shot, then go up into its effects panel. Drag your cursor over to Scale, and then make a keyframe marker at the beginning of your clip (by pressing the stop watch). This will make a marker point of your current clip scale, which is 100.Now go to the end of your clip, and raise the scale up to 105 (or higher).This will automatically make another keyframe marker.If you play out your clip, you will see that you’ve created a digital scale.This method can be done in reverse too, creating a digital scale out. For example, start with your clip scale at 110. Then go to the end and make it 100.To make this effect work properly, you must apply it to at least three other shots in your sequence. Right-click your first shot, then select Copy in the drop-down menu.Once you’ve done that, highlight the other clips in your sequence, and then right-click. From the drop-down menu press Paste Attributes.An additional window will appear; just select Motion and press okay.This will apply your scale in effect to all of the shots you highlighted. Depending on the length of your other clips, you may need to adjust the scale manually to make sure they don’t zoom in too slow or too late.Again, I can’t express how much this little technique has gotten me through a ton of edits. You can apply to almost every project’s montage sequences.last_img read more

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To Sell is Human with Dan Pink – Episode 2

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 36:34 — 17.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSOne of the most influential authors in the business realm in recent years is Dan Pink. His books, “Free Agent Nation,” “The Adventures of Johnny Bunko,” “A Whole New Mind,” “Drive, and now, “To Sell Is Human” are reshaping the way professionals think about business and the mindsets and fundamental drives behind it. On this episode, you’re going to hear a valuable conversation that could help you make some adjustments to your thinking and practices to increase your production and sales volume. The audio is a bit rough but the content is entirely worth the struggle so be sure you listen.To Sell is Human with Dan Pink – Episode 2Click To TweetNo matter who you are – you are in salesDan Pink has come to the conclusion that a fundamental part of being human is the desire to help people solve their problems. That kind of service is what is at the heart of sales. In this conversation, you’ll hear Dan unpack how he came to that conclusion and his insights regarding the repercussions that realization has on salespeople, sales organizations, and the business world as a whole. You’ll enjoy Dan’s easy-going manner and the expertise with which he addresses these foundational issues.Why the changes that have happened in sales matterAs the culture changes so must the sales approach that professional salespeople use. Dan Pink has noticed that throughout the early 2000s much has changed on the sales landscape and that sales professionals who are wise will adapt as needed. One of the fundamental changes that have happened has to do with the mindset behind what sales truly is. It’s not pushing an unneeded item on someone who doesn’t want it. Sales is helping – pure and simple. Dan Pink puts action steps in place to support that belief on this episode of In The Arena.Why the changes that have happened in sales matterClick To TweetThe power of OUR story over my story or your storyOne of the best things you can glean from this conversation between Anthony and his guest Dan Pink is the importance of discussing things in mutually beneficial ways. Sales presentations and pitches can easily become about you, your company, your product, etc. – but the savvy and wise salesperson – and the most effective – are those who are able to place their product or service into the context of the customer’s needs. Then the pitch becomes about OUR story rather than just yours or theirs. You can hear Dan Pink unpack this idea on this episode of the podcast.Why sales is a fundamentally human qualitySales is a fundamentally human quality simply because every human being has it within themselves to help others. Sales is nothing more than discovering the needs of a particular person or group of people, including a business, and providing a solution or satisfactory answer to that need.  In this great conversation Anthony and his guests Dan Pink chat about how important it is for salespeople to understand that truth and implemented into their attitude and approach to selling.Why sales is a fundamentally human qualityClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction to this conversation with Dan Pink. What hooked Dan on the idea that everyone is in sales. The changes that have happened in sales over the last 20 years and why they matter. The ABCs Dan has highlighted for salespeople. The philosophy for dealing with rejection. The power of OUR story over MY story or YOUR story. What Dan feels about the profession of sales. Dan’s views about sales compensation, bonus structures, etc.Resources & Links mentioned in this episode044667879115944848051594631905 www.DanPink.comThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarino Tweets you can use to share this episodeThe power of OUR story over my story or your storyClick To TweetNo matter who you are – you are in salesClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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You Own It

first_imgYou own it.You own the decisions you make about what you choose to do with your time. You also own your decision as to what you choose not to do. You are as responsible for what gets done as you are for what doesn’t get done.You own the decision about when you do what you do. You also own a decision not to do something at some particular time. You are responsible for when something gets done, and you’re responsible for the things that you don’t get done.You own the commitments you make to other people. You also own the implied commitments that you made without having said anything. You own the explicit promises you make and the promises that were implied or inferred.Your success is yours, too. You own it. But if you own your successes, then you also own your failures. What goes right is yours, and so is what goes wrong.The results you produce are yours, good or bad. If they are not what you want them to be, then you have to make the necessary changes to produce the results you want. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Forbes Riley: What it Takes to Generate Over 2 Billion in Sales – Episode 52

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 36:31 — 33.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSOver $2 billion in sales. Yes, you read that correctly. Today’s guest, Forbes Riley is an amazing woman and one of the most successful infomercial and product saleswomen on the planet. But ironically, she doesn’t like to think of herself as doing “sales.” Instead, she prefers the word “pitching.” It’s an interesting distinction and she and Anthony get into the differences and similarities on this episode. But that’s just the beginning. You’re going to hear Forbes talk about confidence, mindset, what it takes to be successful in sales, and why people with incredible products often fail when it comes to product sales. There’s lots more, so be sure you make the time to listen.Forbes Riley, actress and QVC sales pro on this episode of In The ArenaClick To TweetFrom a “typical” childhood to incredible sales success.Forbes Riley grew up in Brooklyn, New York and sees her childhood and family life as a generally happy one. She saw herself as an “ugly” little girl and at that point in life couldn’t imagine that she had what it took to be successful in life (whatever that meant). But a Dad who thought outside the box and a series of opportunities led her into acting and eventually positioned her to work alongside some of the most successful infomercial product creators ever: Jack LaLanne, Billy Blanks, and others. This conversation unpacks some of the details of Forbes’ journey and gives you some practical ways to think about your own story and how it could be positioning you for success.What does it take to have a successful infomercial (or sales campaign)?Having worked alongside Jack LaLanne (the most successful infomercial product creator of all time) and many others, Forbes Riley has a very unique perspective on what goes into a successful sales campaign. In her thinking, the success you experience has much less to do with the quality of the product and much more to do with the genuineness and passion of the person behind the product. Jack LaLanne sincerely believed in his products, as did Billy Blanks, and it was their conviction that transmitted through the TV screen to generate incredible sales volume for their products. You can glean a lot from Forbes’ insights on this episode, so do yourself the favor of making this 40-minute conversation a priority.How all the most successful infomericals come from a person who is the real dealClick To TweetWhat’s behind the most successful sales pitches?When Forbes Riley first realized that she was in the “sales world” at QVC she didn’t like thinking of herself as a salesperson. To her it felt pushy or sleazy to “sell” something and the thing that made the difference to her was a mindset shift. When she realized that a “pitch” was nothing more than a confident explanation of why a product or service was beneficial to real people who were in real need, everything changed. She says that it’s that confidence and conviction that fill a sales pitch with power. On this episode of In the Arena Forbes talks about how she got to that point in her thinking and how it impacted everything she did from that point forward.If you want to change your life, start thinking differently.There are too many books, blog posts, and audio volumes about the issue of “mindset” to count. You’ve heard coaches and professionals in every walk of life tackle the subject. But just because the topic may seem tired or “old” doesn’t mean it’s ready to be discarded. In fact, Anthony’s guest on this episode – Forbes Riley – says that her life changed dramatically when she realized that HOW she thought was determining the boundaries of her success. Hear the story of how Forbes gave herself permission to believe that greater things were possible and how that decision led to over $2 billion in sales over her career, on this episode of In the Arena.How confidence and self-esteem empower the sales pitch, with Forbes RileyClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction of Forbes Riley (today’s guest) Forbes’ background and how she got into acting (she’s been on “24” and others) How the feeling that she wasn’t beautiful impacted her life and the direction of her career. When Forbes began “selling” and how she feels about it. From acting to sales: Over 2 billion in sales (and her work with Jack LaLanne). Why the most successful infomercials are the real deal. How Forbes developed her own product: SpinGym. Why confidence and self esteem add power to the sales pitch. Why people with great products fail. If you want to change your life, start thinking differently. What Forbes is reading currently. The most important book Forbes has ever read. The person who have had the biggest impact on Forbes’ thinking. The most important lesson Forbes has learned: Laugh at yourself. If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what would you be doing? What makes people jaded? The thing Forbes Riley wants to be remembered for.OUR SPONSORS:Jeffrey Gitomer Sales Seminars – use the code “Anthony” to receive your discount.Sales Gravy University – tell Jeb that Anthony sent you.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodeForbes’ website: www.ForbesRiley.comYoutube examples of Forbes’ “Fit TV” careerForbes’ product: SpinGym149617545XB003EI2EH20671791540055327757XThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel.Connect with AnthonyEmail AnthonyYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarino Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Tweets you can use to share this episodeWhy the thought that you should “never pitch” in sales is totally wrong, on this episodeClick To Tweet2 reasons people with great products fail in sales, on this episode with Forbes RileyClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

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10 Things You Are Forbidden from Negotiating Away

first_imgYou will be asked to negotiate things you must never trade away. Whatever is offered in trade will never equal what you are being asked to give up. The following list includes the things forbidden from being negotiated away.Integrity or Character: If there is one thing you should never, ever negotiate away, it is your integrity. Your character is worth more to you than anything you possess. From time to time, you will be tested. Someone will ask you to do something illegal or immoral, and those who check you will negotiate by promising you some benefit, likely pecuniary. No matter who offers, and no matter what they offer you, once you negotiate away your integrity, it is difficult to recover—and in some cases, impossible. Stick to your guns.Your Goals and Dreams: It’s too easy to trade your goals and dreams for what other people and society suggest. “The Drift” is powerful, and it will pull you along in a direction, not of your choosing. “The Drift” feels good. It’s comfortable because you fit in, you don’t make other people unhappy or uncomfortable. No one can live your life for you. No group of loosely bound together humans has the right to decide what is right for you. You cannot negotiate away your goals and dreams, no matter who tries to negotiate them away. It’s your life, and those are your dreams. No one has to like it, but they do have to live with your decision.Your Priorities: Goals and dreams are one thing, and priorities are another. You don’t have to negotiate with others what is most important to you now. What other people want from you does take precedence over what you want from you. You never have to be rude about saying no to small things so you can say yes to the things that, for you anyway, are most important. It is also true that you don’t need to negotiate your priorities—least of all with someone who isn’t going to show up to you funereal.Your Word: If you say you will do something, do what you said you would do. Your word is your bond. It is a promise, even if you don’t recognize you had made a promise when you spoke the words. The person who heard your words believed you meant what you said. The one who would have you negotiate away your word is a villain. The words you say after you have stated what you would doo carry no weight and are rendered meaningless by those to whom you speak.Your Loyalty: Your loyalty cannot be for sale. If you owe someone your loyalty, like your integrity and your word, you don’t negotiate it away. There may be a time when someone tries to promise you something to shift your commitment to them, even providing you with a rationale for doing so. If you negotiate away your loyalty, you are treacherous and unfaithful. If you are not loyal, you will not find loyalty. Kipling wrote: “The strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.”Your Belief in Yourself: Humans are born with a self-conscious to accompany their consciousness. Some will try to convince you that you are not enough, that you should doubt yourself. A few will do this out of their love for you, as a way to prevent you from being hurt. Others will try to have you see something less when you look in the mirror as a way to not feel so small themselves. Whatever the motivation, your belief in yourself cannot be traded for other people’s fears, regardless of their motivation.Your Attitude: Your attitude is a choice. There will be many who try to convince you to see the glass as half full, some suggesting that what the glass holds is poison. There are entire industries built on convincing you to be pessimistic, cynical, and afraid. It is a raw act of courage to decide to be positive, optimistic, and empowered. You must ignore the attempts to negotiate away your attitude. The half-full glass isn’t full of poison, but the words of those who would have you believe that to be true are nothing less than a toxic venom.Assuming Good Intentions: Every day, you will have an opportunity to assume that people who are different from you are your enemies. You will be provided with reasons to believe that people who believe something different from you are somehow evil, worthy of your anger—or hatred. You are supposed to assume their intentions are bad. You don’t have to trade away your willingness to assume good intentions, and by doing so, allow people to assume your good intentions.Your Individuality: You were born an individual. While you might belong to many tribes, there is no tribe worth joining that would have you give up who you are. You will find people who want you to change, or more accurately, who want to change you. You never have to negotiate away who and what you are to please someone else.Your Personal Power: You have the power to be more, do more, have more, and contribute more. You have agency, the ability to decide and act on what you want. You never have to compromise or allow anyone or anything to negate the power you received free and clear at your birth. Your life belongs to you, and it is yours to live.Keep sacred these things that matter most. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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INPT splits amid row over demand for ‘Twipraland’

first_imgTribal politics in Tripura took a new turn with the influentialIndigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT) splitting amid an internal row over the demand for a separate State. The breakaway faction, which claimed to have support of the majority of office bearers, voiced social and economic demands, apparently with an eye on the next Assembly elections.This faction, which claimed to be the main party, revamped its central committee and elected Rana Kishore Reang as new State president and former MLA Rajeswar Debbarma as general secretary. INPT, which achieved an unexpected rise in State politics owing to the demand for ‘Twipraland’ or a separate State for tribals, has been recently rocked by internal bickering. The faction belonging to expelled former president Narendra Chandra Debbarma insists that the demand for ‘Twipraland’ remains the main focus in 2018 Assembly elections; others see no hope without an alliance with a major political party.last_img read more

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FDI in textile industry tripled in three years: Smriti Irani

first_imgThe textile industry in the country is growing exponentially with the foreign direct investment having tripled in the last three years. Though FDI had touched 618.95 million U.S. dollars in 2016-17, there is still a huge potential for further growth, Textiles Minister Smriti Irani said here on Thursday.Concerted effortsInaugurating the sixth edition of the international textile and apparel fair, “Vastra-2017”, at Sitapura industrial area here, Ms. Irani said concerted efforts were being made for creating employment opportunities in the textile sector. “The Union government is providing skilling opportunities as well as incentives to give an impetus to the textile industry,” she said.The textile sector employs the second largest workforce in the country, with 4.5 crore people directly getting livelihood from it and 2 crore people being indirectly employed. Garment hub The Union Minister praised the Rajasthan government’s efforts to create a garment hub in the State. She said the Jaipur Designers Festival being held in “Vastra-2017” for the first time would provide the younger generation with an exposure to the world of fashion and designing.last_img read more

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Constitutional amendments needed to assimilate people of J&K, says RSS chief

first_imgRSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Saturday that “necessary constitutional amendments” were needed for the people of Jammu and Kashmir to be “completely assimilated” with the rest of the country.In his over an hour-long Vijayadashmi speech at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters here, Mr. Bhagwat also said that the problems of the people displaced from the Kashmir Valley during the 1990s were yet to be addressed.“Necessary constitutional amendments will have to be made and old provisions will have to be changed in that State. Only when the constitutional amendments are done, the residents of Jammu and Kashmir can be completely assimilated with the rest of India,” Mr. Bhagwat said, apparently referring to Article 370 of the Constitution which gives special status to J&K. There is an urgent need to take the benefits of development to the masses in the entire state of J&K, including the Jammu and Ladakh regions, without any discrimination and through transparent and clean governance, he said.Mr Bhagwat said that in J&K, the problem of refugees had also not been resolved. For decades, they have been living in a miserable condition as refugees for their decision to be in “Bharat”, he said, adding that despite being the citizens of India, they still didn’t have the basic facilities of education, employment and democratic rights. “The problems of permanent residents of the State, who migrated from the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in 1947, and the people, who were displaced from Kashmir Valley in the 1990s, remain as they are,” he said. Conditions should be created so that they can lead a happy, dignified and secure life like other Indians, by ensuring them equal democratic rights, even while allowing them to remain firm and devoted to their religion and national identity, he said.“And for this just work, necessary constitutional amendments will have to be made…Then and only then, the residents of Jammu and Kashmir can be completely assimilated with the rest of India and their equal cooperation and share will be possible in national progress,” the Sangh chief said. Lauding the people living in the border areas, he said they were “bravely and persistently holding ground amid incessant cross-border firing and terrorist-infiltration” and called for relief and assistance for them from the government and social groups.last_img read more

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Simultaneous polls will ‘destroy’ parliamentary democracy: AAP

first_imgThe Aam Aadmi Party believes that simultaneous elections will “destroy” India’s parliamentary democracy and federalism, its senior leader Ashish Khetan said on Sunday.Mr. Khetan, who met the chairman of the Law Commission and its members, said AAP will submit a detailed paper to the commission outlining the party’s position on the matter. The Law Commission had on June 14 written to all recognised political parties seeking their views on the issue.“Met Law Commission Chairman & Members. Told them that AAP firmly believes that simultaneous elections will destroy our parliamentary democracy & federalism & it will mean mutilating the basic structure of our Constitution. We will soon submit a detailed paper before the Comm (sic),” he tweeted.Seeking to give shape to the government’s concept of “one nation, one election”, the commission’s internal working paper has recommended holding Lok Sabha and Assembly polls simultaneously but in two phases beginning 2019. The second phase of simultaneous polls can take place in 2024, the document states.The internal paper has proposed amending the Constitution and the Representation of the People Act to shorten or extend the terms of state legislative assemblies to effect the move. The proposal to hold simultaneous polls is being pushed by the central government.last_img read more

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Nitish government hikes compensation

first_imgThe Bihar Cabinet on Tuesday increased the compensation for rape survivors and acid victims from ₹3 lakh to ₹7 lakh. Last month, the National Legal Services Authority and the Centre had drawn up a relief policy for rape and acid attack victims offering minimum compensation amount of ₹5 lakh and ₹7 lakh respectively and asked all the States to devise the compensation amount accordingly.The Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar approved the Victim Compensation (Amendment) Scheme, 2018, paving the way for enhancement in compensation to rape and acid attack victims. “The scheme, proposed by the Law Department, was taken up in view of the directions issued by the Union Home Ministry following the Supreme Court’s judgment in February 2016 in this regard,” said Upendra Nath Pandey, Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat Department. “According to the new scheme, the compensation amount has been increased from ₹3 lakh to ₹7 lakh for the rape and acid attack victims,” he said. “The amount can be increased by 50% over and above ₹7 lakh if the victim is below the age of 14,” he added.last_img read more

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Prohibitory orders imposed after pro-reservation violence near Pune

first_imgStray incidents of violence were reported from Chakan town, 32 km from here, during the agitation over Maratha reservation on Monday, the police said, leading to imposition of prohibitory orders even as a 28-year-old youth committed suicide by jumping in front of a train in Aurangabad city. He is reported to have said he was sacrificing his life for the ongoing agitation.In a Facebook post on Sunday afternoon, the deceased, Pramod Hore-Patil, had hinted about his intentions. The police found his body near the Mukundwadi railway station at night.“Today, a Maratha is going … but please do something for the Maratha reservation issue,” Patil had said in a FB post at 2.30 p.m. on Sunday. He later uploaded a picture of himself near the rail tracks, and tagged a several friends, the police said.According to Madhukar Sawant, PI, Crime Branch, Patil was unemployed for the past several years and reportedly depressed. “Frantic relatives and friends tried calling Patil, but to no avail. A massive hunt for him over Aurangabad city proved fruitless, till we found his body at 11 p.m. near Mukundwadi railway station. A case of accidental death has been registered,” Natha Jadhav, PI, Mukundwadi station, told The Hindu.“He [Patil] was seen in some demonstrations over the Maratha quota in the city during the past few days. He was married with children. We are probing this case further,” said Mr. Sawant.Patil’s suicide comes a week after another protestor Kakasaheb Dattatrey Shinde, 28, a driver by vocation, jumped into the Godavari in Aurangabad’s Gangapur tehsil on July 23.Meanwhile, a large crowd gathered along the Aurangabad-Jalna road on Monday following Patil’s suicide, with the city police deploying riot control teams at several points to contain any law and order incident.Bandh callShops in Jalna and parts of Aurangabad downed shutters in response to a shut down call given by the ‘Sakal Maratha Samaj’ — an outfit prominently agitating for reservation for Marathas — in some parts of the State, including areas in Pune.The shut down turned violent in suburbs of Pune and in Solapur city, with agitators pelting stones on policemen. The Pune district administration imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), prohibiting unlawful assembly after tension prevailed in Chakan. According to reports, protesters damaged over 40 state transport buses and private vehicles. A dozen vehicles were torched. Reports of clashes between the agitators and police have said five policemen, including Police Inspector of Chakan police station, were injured.In Solapur, the windows of Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Special Branch) Pournima Chowgule’s car were damaged.Bus services suspendedState transport bus services were suspended in Solapur city and the temple town Pandharpur. The shut down received enthusiastic response in Nandurbar district.Traffic along the Pune-Satara road was affected as a result of the bandh. Parts of Pune, including the Marketyard area witnessed a complete shut down with fruit and vegetable vendors suspending business.Traffic snarls were prominent in the outlying areas of Pune district with vehicular movement along the Pune-Nashik road affected. The demonstrations also forced Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to cancel his tour in Sangli district for the second time. Mr. Fadnavis was expected to canvass for the BJP candidate in the district for the upcoming Sangli-Miraj-Kupwad civic polls.last_img read more

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NRC final draft release: Army on standby in Assam

first_imgThe Army has been put on standby following intelligence inputs that the publication of the second and final draft of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) could trigger violence in “vulnerable” areas.Officials said miscreants may target the Nagarik Seva Kendras, where documents were processed. Kuladhar Saikia, the State’s Director General of Police, said action would be taken on anyone who tried to disturb the peace. Much of the vulnerability in areas where minorities dominate has been attributed to fears generated by certain rights groups trying to paint the exercise as “anti-Muslim or anti-Bengali”. While Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, following a high-level security meeting with district administration and police heads Thursday evening, said no one would be treated as a foreigner if his or her name does not appear in the final NRC draft to be published on July 30.But the possibility of violence has made the security forces identify areas according to degrees of vulnerability. Kuladhar Saikia, the State’s Director General of Police, said each district has been divided into sectors, each to be headed by a senior officer.“The district police chiefs have been told to take strict action against anyone who tries to disturb the peace,” he said.The police have already begun cracking down on people using social media to be abusive about the NRC exercise. They include one Sabir Shah of southern Assam’s Hailakandi, who slammed NRC as a tool for targeting Bengalis.Officials of the State’s Home department said the Centre has sent 220 companies of armed forces for deployment in vulnerable areas while the Army has been told to be on standby in case of violence, “though unlikely after assurances that no one would be sent to detention centres” after July 30.“There might not be any violence immediately, but we have inputs that the NSKs and places where government records are kept could be attacked or vandalised,” an Army officer in western Assam, declining to be quoted, said.The threat perception has made the Centre send 220 companies of armed forces for deployment in such vulnerable areas. These forces are Central Reserve Police Force, Sashastra Seema Bal, Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Industrial Security Force, Railway Protection Force and Special Auxiliary Police.The CRPF has the largest contingent with 53 companies followed by SSB with 41 and BSF with 40. The others make up the remaining 86 companies.The State government, meanwhile, has cancelled all leave and training of employees till August 15 in the apprehension of any emergency that might arise after the NRC final draft publication on July 30.last_img read more

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Odisha launches disaster alert system for its coast

first_imgThe Odisha government on Monday launched the much-awaited Early Warning Dissemination System, the first-of-its-kind technology in India, to simultaneously warn coastal communities and fisherfolk about impending cyclone and tsunami through siren towers.Sirens will go off from 122 towers installed along the 480-km-long coast of the State if a button is pressed in the State emergency centre in Bhubaneswar.‘Innovative system’“The innovative warning system would alert people about disasters such as floods and cyclone. Fishermen fishing in deep sea can also be reached via mass SMS on their mobile phones through EWDS,” said Bishnupada Sethi, Managing Director of Odisha State Disaster Management Authority.The EWDS, a collaborative effort of the Central and State governments, has been implemented under the assistance of World Bank. It comprises technologies such as satellite-based mobile data voice terminals, digital mobile radio, mass messaging system and universal communication interface for interoperability, said Mr. Sethi. It’s a part of the last-mile connectivity programme under National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project and aims to inform the last man living near the sea in case of an impending cyclone. Six coastal districts —Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri and Ganjam — have been covered under the EWDS. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik dedicated the EWDS to the public on the 19th anniversary of the Odisha Super Cyclone.Mr. Patnaik said, “We have come a long way since 1999; however, we have some grounds to cover as far as forecasting precision and vulnerability mapping in concerned, especially in interior areas where we had loss of lives and property [during the recent cyclonic storm, ‘Titli’].”last_img read more

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NGO chairman arrested for harassing shelter home girls

first_imgFounder and chairman of Good News India Faiz Rahman was on Sunday arrested on charges of sexually harassing minor girls in a shelter home run by his organisation near district headquarter town of Dhenkanal in Odisha.Mr. Rahman’s arrest came a day after Simanchal Nayak, incharge of the shelter home, was taken into custody. There were similar allegations against Mr. Nayak.Two FIRs“We have arrested chairman of GNI after some girls of the shelter home levelled sexual harassment allegations. Arrests were made on basis of two separate FIRs lodged by the District Child Protection Officer and Chairman of Child Welfare Committee,” said Dhenkanal Superintendent of Police Santosh Kumar Nayak.Home sealedDhenkanal district administration has sealed Dream Centre, the shelter home, after evacuating inmates on Saturday night. The process of sealing the rooms by the Child Welfare Committee, a quasi-judiciary body, ended on Sunday morning. Inmates were shifted to two nearby child care institutions.Meanwhile, a team of the women wing of the State BJP visited the shelter home on a fact-finding mission. By the time they reached the shelter home, its premised had already been sealed. They met Dhenkanal Collector and insisted on meeting the girls. But they were not allowed to do so.‘Illegal homes’ “The crime has taken place under the nose of the Naveen Patnaik government. It is baffling as to how the administration could not get to know about opening of so many illegal shelter homes by GNI,” said Pravati Parida, president of State BJP Mahila Morcha.‘No permission’ The government has already made it clear that it had not given any permission to the GNI for the shelter home. “Stringent action would be taken against organisations involved in nefarious activities by opening such shelter homes across the State,” said Prafulla Samal, State Women and Child Development Minister.The GNI has over 20 shelter homes in different districts of the State. There were reports of raids on one such home at Paralakhemundi, the district headquarter town of Gajapati.last_img read more

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RLD goes all out to regain its Baghpat bastion

first_imgThe residents of Tukali, a Dalit hamlet, finally took a sigh of relief when the linesman arrived and climbed the electric pole. They had spent almost a day without electricity. As the linesman, who stood precariously on the row of horizontal wires, worked, the Dalits waited below impatiently, recounting their daily struggles. They complained it was usual for the administration to disregard their grievances, pointed to the poor condition of the roads and joblessness created by the shutting down of local factories post demonetisation.“We want Modi to lose. He is bent against us. We are not given any facilities,” said Pradeep Jatav, summarising the mood of the Dalits.In 2014, BJP’s Satyapal Singh, former Mumbai top cop, trounced SP’s Ghulam Mohammad by over two lakh votes, while Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh was relegated to the third position in his bastion. This time, the contest is polarised between two Jats: Union Minister Satyapal Singh and Ajit Singh’s son Jayant Chaudhary. To make up the deficit — the RLD trailed the BJP by 2.23 lakh votes — Jayant is relying on the SP and the BSP, with the latter providing the solid votebank of Jatavs, like those in Tukali.“Even if she [Mayawati] nominates a pup, our vote will go with it. We will vote for Jayant Chaudhary,” said a Jatav resident. Communal divideWhile communal polarisation following the Muzaffarnagar riots and the breakdown of the Jat-Muslim relationship pushed the BJP to a big win here in 2014, the combined vote of the SP, the BSP and the RLD — 5.54 lakh — was still 1.30 lakh more than the BJP.Jats and Muslims are the two largest groups in the constituency, once held by Chaudhary Charan Singh. While Muslims are strongly backing the RLD, the mood among the Jats is mixed. Those supporting him cited non-payment of cane dues, increase in power tariffs and joblessness under the BJP government. Those in favour of Satyapal Singh praised him for building roads while also expressing support towards Mr. Modi and viewed the alliance with disdain. By a local BSP leader’s own admission, “around 40%” of the Jats are still with the BJP, as Satyapal Singh is a local jat. “Even if this increases further, it will be compensated by the support of our base votes — Jatavs, Yadavs and Muslims —- which have been consolidated,” he said.For the BJP, victory depends on not just the Jats, but also the consolidation of Gurjars, OBCs like Kashyaps and Sainis and the BJP’s bedrock, the upper castes.A few kilometres from Tukali, Sumit Kumar, a Gurjar, runs an eatery outside a police check-post. He is firmly behind the BJP and hails PM Modi for giving the forces a free hand [Balakot airstrike].“The road outside was built by the BJP. It used to have potholes earlier,” adds Sumit.In the 2017 Assembly polls, the only seat the RLD won was Chhaprauli in Baghpat.However, soon after, its lone MLA Sahendra Ramala, a Jat, was expelled for cross-voting during the Rajya Sabha polls and joined the BJP. To connect with the Jats and farmers, the RLD is relying on the legacy of Jayant’s grandfather, Chaudhary Charan Singh. “It’s true our relationship is old, but here I’m standing like a blank paper. People need to make a new start,” said Jayant, addressing a nukkad sabha in Shabanpur village. Appealing to farmers, he said his father Ajit Singh had “fought for them” even while not in power.BJP president Amit Shah, who addressed a rally in support of Satyapal Singh in Baghpat on Sunday, used Charan Singh to target dynasty politics.“By not making his son his [political] heir, Chaudhary Sahab sent a very big message to U.P….Whoever works for the farmers and development of the area, he will be the heir of Chaudhary Charan Singh,” said Mr. Shah.‘Bhavna v/s Bhavishya’Satyapal Singh himself believes that the youth won’t fall for “bhavna” (emotions) but will vote for “bhavishya” (future). Starting off his campaign from his native village Basauli last week, he dismissed the arithmetic of the anti-BJP alliance, saying “only chemistry” will work in Baghpat. “People will set aside their caste, community and religion and vote for development, governance and security,” he told reporters.last_img read more

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SAD fields ex-Minister Dhindsa from Sangrur

first_imgThe Shiromani Akali Dal on Friday announced former Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa as its candidate from Sangrur in Punjab for the 2019 Lok Sabha election. Party president Sukhbir Singh Badal announced his candidature here in an official statement. Mr. Dhindsa will be contesting against Bhagwant Mann of the Aam Aadmi Party, who is the sitting MP from Sangrur. The Congress has not yet announced its candidate for the seat. The party had earlier announced the names of five candidates. Of the 13 LS seats in Punjab, the SAD will contest on 10 and the BJP on three.last_img read more

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Computer Modelers Earn Chemistry Prize

first_imgHow does that work? The question is the starting point for anyone who tinkers with an engine, a watch, or in the case of this year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in chemistry, the proteins inside our bodies. Today, three U.S.-based chemists shared this year’s prize for developing computer models that reveal how proteins and other compounds undergo chemical reactions.All three of this year’s chemistry laureates are naturalized U.S. citizens. Martin Karplus of Harvard University and the University of Strasbourg in France was born in 1930 in Vienna and moved to the United States just before the outbreak of World War II. Michael Levitt of Stanford University’s School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California, was born in Pretoria in 1947, and today is a British, U.S., and Israeli citizen. And Arieh Warshel of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles was born in 1940 in Kibbutz Sde-Nahum, Israel, and still holds Israeli citizenship.The three pioneered new tools for studying chemistry in motion. By the 1970s, researchers had a good idea of what many molecules, including large proteins, looked like. Tools such as x-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy provided images of molecules in atomic detail. But those pictures were static. 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The simulations took mathematical models for the forces between atoms and used them to calculate how molecules hold together, move, and react. Later, chemists incorporated the models into computer codes that could run more complex simulations. By the late 1960s, there were two such approaches. One used equations of classical Newtonian physics to model the motions of atoms and bonds in molecules like balls connected by springs. Because this approach was mathematically tractable for large numbers of atoms, it enabled researchers to simulate proteins and other large molecules. In 1969, Levitt and Warshel, then both at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, designed just such a program that could track the movements of proteins and other large biomolecules. But it couldn’t calculate the changes in energy involved when chemicals react and form new molecules.Meanwhile, at Harvard, Karplus was deeply enmeshed in the second approach to simulation, called quantum chemistry. This approach was far better at simulating the motion of electrons and atomic nuclei involved in chemical reactions. But it was so computationally demanding that it was useful only in solving the behavior of small molecules.The effort to bring the quantum and classical worldviews together “was a fairly natural progression,” Levitt says. In 1970, Warshel visited Karplus’s lab and brought his classical program with him. The two soon constructed a program that welded their approaches, treating mobile electrons—called pi electrons—with a quantum chemical treatment and atomic nuclei with a classical approach. They then used this to calculate the behavior of linear organic molecules. Although the molecules were far smaller than proteins, the simulation marked the first successful construction of a hybrid model.Karplus and Warshel’s program worked only for flat “planar” molecules. But in 1976, Warshel and Levitt followed it up with a more general approach, and showed that it worked for simulating the behavior of the protein lysozyme, an antibacterial compound that was the first enzyme to have its structure solved by x-ray diffraction. “The prize recognizes developments that started over 40 years ago that still reverberate today through much of chemistry and biology,” says Klaus Schulten, a computer modeling expert at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.Today, those reverberations include related hybrid “multiscale models” capable of simulating more than 4 million atoms, which researchers are using to reveal the complex chemistry involved in everything from the translation of genes into proteins to the conversion of sunlight into chemical fuel that is at the heart of photosynthesis. Such processes are so complex, Schulten and others say, that they are impossible to study without computers. Now, thousands of researchers are hard at work in the field. Still, Schulten says, the Nobel Committee got it right: “If you had to single somebody out, I think there’s a good case to be made that these three were the right choice.”Even so, Warshel says that he was wary when he reached for the ringing phone this morning at 2 a.m. “I checked to see if they talked in a Swedish accent just to be sure.”last_img read more

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